Fare thee well, December, and Merry Christmas to all of you! This is my one-line reviews post for a final ten books I’ve read/finished this month. It’s short and gets to the point so if you haven’t been a fan of my usual sprawling review style then this is the complete opposite. Follow me on Goodreads if you’d like to keep up with all of the books I read each month.
Note: Click on the cover of a book to visit either its Goodreads page or my full review if I wrote one.
Enemy tribes, wars over magic, a secret assassin, and a reluctant romance that blooms where it is forbidden.
Thank you to the author for inviting me to beta read this book!
Overall, a quick-paced urban fantasy packed with fae, shifters, firebirds, and mysteries needing to be solved now.
Is it fantasy or horror or perhaps a twisty, intriguing blend of both written with a rolling tone like that of a cloudy Scottish sky beckoning you closer to the edge of the cliff to sate curiosity at all risk.
A mystery with theatre at the core and characters unashamedly acquainted with pretentious, but that’s the point and it is so cleverly woven and twisted starting with an opening that will have you turning the pages until the final curtain just to know.
A cute and heartfelt contemporary twist on Tangled/Rapunzel.
An intriguing and exciting story that spins the POV of an 18th century apothecary specializing in poisons for women-only customers with the POV of a modern day history buff stumbling across a clue to the unsolved “apothecary murders”.
Another fantastic twisty mystery spent with the quirky yet brilliant Inspector Poirot.
A fun YA sci-fi with a snarky girl lost in space rescued by the Captain who destroyed her ship and whom also has never met another human being before so of course entertaining clashes ensue.
Thank you to the author for sending me an eARC this book!
Intriguing lore and spooky story with surprising twists, Welsh kings, and an unlikely group of teens, plus Stiefvater just has a way of writing that never fails to lure me in.
I struggled to really sink into this old school urban fantasy, but it’s loved by many and certainly had a shocking start/backstory for the main character.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you’ll have noticed just how much it’s slowed down these past couple of years. I still enjoy reading and writing reviews along with helping to lift up authors new, old, indie, or big, but between work demands and the vast majority of engagement moving from book blogs to social media it’s become hard to summon the time and motivation to keep things going here when it’s fallen so quiet. I used to be posting and interacting with readers constantly and loved it, but as things grew quieter (readers drawn towards other means of finding book reviews I simply couldn’t keep up with) my blog in turn began limping along stubbornly trying to keep going and now I think it’s time to seriously go on a hiatus. (Okay, I know I’ve said I’m going on a hiatus before during times of discouragement only to immediately post about another book haha but this time I mean it). If an audience returns, I’ll be more than happy to jump back in, but otherwise I’m going to set this blog aside and focus more time on my other pursuits. Thank you so much for being a loyal subscriber and I do hope to come back someday.
♡ Angela of Pooled Ink